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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Outgoing (05/05/11)

TITLE: A Celebration to Remember
By Verna Cole Mitchell


I loved seeing the exuberance of the outgoing college seniors on their graduation day. Remembering how great I had felt to be through with hours of study, classes, projects, and exams, I shared their joy.

From the girl with the lilac colored hair to the fellow with the pink shoes, there was much to catch my attention. Since this was a commencement for the Fine Arts Department, their talents shone in decorating their mortar boards. Several were surrounded with wreaths of flowers while one young man’s was adorned with a tall “Uncle Sam” hat. A mortarboard I liked had in bold letters MOM. . .or maybe that was WOW.

As the graduates received their diplomas, some marched, some strutted, and some danced across the stage, but all displayed happy smiles. Some of the girls with extremely high heels seemed to glide as comfortably as those with flip flops. Ah youth!

For all my observations, my true focus was on one special graduate, my granddaughter. I had loved her as a delightful child, and, even more, as the beautiful Christian young woman she has become. My heart overflowed with her gladness in this day and with my delight in being able to share this occasion with my beloved family.

The commencement speaker urged the seniors to love, dream, and believe. I wondered what counsel I could give my granddaughter as she leaves college behind and goes out into such a troubled world. Then it came to me—there is no better advice than Jesus gave in verses 37 and 39 of Matthew 22: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. . .You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

If my granddaughter will heed His words, her life will be blessed always with the presence of the Lord, and she will make a difference for good in her world. What is more, she will have the “blessed hope” of an eternity with God.

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Helen Curtis05/13/11
How very blessed you are to have a Christian granddaughter! And what excellent advice to give, especially in this day and age where living out our faith can be so difficult, especially for the younger generations. They have so many things trying to grab their attention, that it's good to remind them of their Christian foundations. Thankyou for sharing this lovely testament.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/13/11
This is beautiful. Your granddaughter is blessed to have such a wise Grandma
Sharlyn Guthrie05/13/11
What a lovely memory to add to the others you have made with her, and how blessed you both are to have each other and the Lord!
Noel Mitaxa 05/14/11
I love the warmth, the wit and the wisdom of this piece.
Catrina Bradley 05/14/11
This is one sweet grandma not to tsk-tsk over the lilac hair and the pink shoes. I love her! And her love for her granddaughter shines through. I wonder how SHE decorated her mortar board? That would have been a nice addition. This is a really uplifting piece - a blessing to read.
Lillian Rhoades 05/15/11
Although your focus was on your granddaughter's graduation, I would love to have been taken back in time to some specific moment(s)with your granddaughter that held special meaning for you. This might have "rounded" out your piece and given it a lot more sparkle.

Still, I could feel the warmth of your relationship, and the joy that every Grandma feels at watching this special milestone defintely came through